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Monday
Feb032014

Yeover and out

Guido is reporting that Tim Yeo has been deselected.

The South Suffolk Conservative Association have voted not to re-adopt Tim Yeo MP as their candidate for the next General Election.  Selection for the South Suffolk constituency will be opened in due course.

My guess is that Cameron will elevate him to the House of Lords.

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Reader Comments (56)

Is it in fact harder to get into prison than into the Lords?

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterJEM

Is it in fact harder to get into prison than into the Lords?

For an MP yes evidently. Life means life!

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM | Unregistered Commenterduncan

He will no doubt continue to fill his coffers as long as he has influence.

UKIP should field a candidate at the next election on an anti-corruption basis.

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:13 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Yeo will now have more time now to work on his logic and politeness assignments from Prof. Lindzen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUT7hLtFXIk

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

Oh what a shame.
My heart pumps p*** for him.

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterBitter&Twisted

Per Guido: "82% turnout. Tories not releasing vote breakdown figures"

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterJEM

"Reports suggest this reflected frustration among some members that he had not devoted enough time to the constituency while the standards inquiry was going on."
From the parallel universe of the Green Madrassa that brainwashes your children (I mean the BBCnews)

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Zt He is certainly stupid and arrogant enough to be at home in the Lords. He is a classic example of someone who is too stupid to realise when someone is cleverer than him.

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid S

So there is, in this imperfect world, some justice after all. Except of course, as the Bish rightly predicts, he will subsequently find a new means of enriching himself as a member of the House of Lords.

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:31 PM | Unregistered Commenteragouts

Isn't it about time the "Lords" was abolished?

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

Excellent news; what's that saying about he who sows the wind...??

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM | Registered Commentermikeh

A fitting followup to his lamentable performance in the CC hearing. Lindzen will chuckle.

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM | Unregistered Commentertallbloke

Is it in fact harder to get into prison than into the Lords?
Feb 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM | JEM

Ask Huhne.

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

He can still do a fair amount of damage in the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee before the election.
Hopefully Lilley and Stringer will be keeping a watchful eye.
His usefulness to some of his current paymasters will diminish fairly rapidly once he is 'upstairs' which is almost certainly where he will go.

Unless, of course, he looks for another seat. I'm sure there are a couple that would be only too happy to offer a home to someone of (what they think is) his calibre. It's not over yet.

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Yeo's behaviour over the last couple of days (off to Cairo) was of someone with their seat in the lifeboat already reserved.

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterGeckko

Yeo will be speaking live on PM, Radio 4 in the next hour.

Feb 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Since only Christopher Chope, Andrew Tyrie and Peter Lilley voted against the Climate Change Act and only Graham Stringer, John Redwood, Douglas Carswell and David Davies appear to have seen the light, I calculate there are only another 641 MPs to defenestrate.

Hmm. We are not even at the end of the beginning if we are to regain sanity in relation to energy policy.

Feb 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterSebastian Weetabix

I don't suppose they are looking for a temp as head of school inspectorate Ofsted.

Feb 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

A talkative and colourful chap like Yeo may yet help us learn more about the climate establishment. Like a medical tracer taken to reveal something not otherwise readily seen, his next steps may provide insight into poorly-lit passages, and perhaps even into the health of the entire climateering bandwagon in the UK.

Feb 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

I read the headline and thought 'yay!' then read the rest and groaned. I also read Phillip Bratby comment 'fill his coffers' as 'filter his coffee'. Yes, he's just the sort of person Cameron would make a Lord. He and Lord Deben will make a right wunch of bankers... oopse there goes my dyslexia, mixing stuff up again.

Feb 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Yeo, Yeo, Yeo, your boat
Just sank.
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Feb 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

The dog swam to shore, but the cheese lives in the fishes.
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Feb 3, 2014 at 6:08 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

According to the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26015369

Mr Yeo, who is in favour of the UK remaining in the European Union and a strong believer in climate change, said some of his opinions were "not widely supported".

If he is a strong surpporter in climate change (CAGW would be more accurate) why is he allowed to head the CCC?

Feb 3, 2014 at 6:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterCharmingQuark

Yeo hasn't learnt anything from his encounter with Lindzen. He says that he's going to continue preaching his climate change beliefs across the world.

Feb 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

PB: "Yeo hasn't learnt anything from his encounter with Lindzen."

Interesting concept - Yeo and learning. Something tells me that Yeo is more interested in entitlements of various sorts.

Feb 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

"My guess is that Cameron will elevate him to the House of Lords."

If the Dilbert Principle obtains, that may not be far enough. Nothing less than the Prince of Wales-ship may be necessary.

Feb 3, 2014 at 6:47 PM | Unregistered Commentermichaelhart

Congrats to Guido on the Yeo result, with credit where credit due, as over time Guido carried a lot of water on the Taxi for Yeo campaign.

Feb 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterJabba the Cat

So the Lords acquire another place man to deny the will of the people, when required.

Feb 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM | Unregistered Commenterc777

I note all the reservations above, but speaking as someone for whom Mr Yeo was once my MP, I am delighted that the people of South Suffolk have finally dumped the arrogant so and so. Rejoice! Now who was it who said that......

Feb 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM | Unregistered Commentermike fowle

Yeo to the HoL?
What about Cameron kicking out Lord Smith of EA fame - and replacing him with Yeo?
Nightmare or what!

Feb 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterViv Evans

@ Jabba the Cat

"over time Guido carried a lot of water on the Taxi for Yeo campaign."

+1 to that. Cheers Guido. Deben's next.

And now ... what? Quango-ship at the very least? Lord Tim Yo-leaginous of somewhere suitably obscure. Not a K, shurely?

What's par for the course for an elderly mottled porcine trougher of demonstrably little brain?

Feb 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterJerryM

ZT: Don't be so fast to abolish the House of Lords. Until it was perverted by Tony Blair it actually did a remarkably good job of tempering the excesses of various governments of the left and the right.

Tenure has long been a good way to enable independent thought and action, both in academia and government.

It only begins to fail when a concerted effort is made to politicise appointments (cf. the US Supreme Court).

With the hereditary nature of the House of Lords as was, there was zero political input, which is partly why it was hated so much by the House of Commons. There *may* have been a natural political bias to the right on the hereditary side, but overall the members tended to take fairly seriously their task of safeguarding the best interests of England over those of party politics.

As it currently stands, its a mess (thanks Tony!) which needs reform, but reform back towards political independence, not abolition.

Feb 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

By Yeo's own logic, the fact that his IQ (of 60, I'd guess) has been higher in the last ten years than it's ever been in his life before means that he must be more intelligent than Richard Lindzen.

Of course, if he gets to the HoL he'll have Lawson and Ridley to contend with on a more regular basis. Something to look forward to.

Feb 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

If a good party man fails to get back in at some election , there may be an argument for moving them into the Lords. They may have been an asset, but the party failed.

But if you've been de-selected by your OWN constituency party, it seems like an insult to be given a Lords position. It would be Cameron saying: "This man may be crap, but he's a mate of mine, so I'll see him all right...".

Incidentally, IS Yeo a mate of Camerons? Inquiring minds want to know....

Feb 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

Yeo can fool some of the people all of...

Feb 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat

...My guess is that Cameron will elevate him to the House of Lords....

You only get a few hundred a day for being in the Lords.

My guess is that the EU beckons. The trougher will be amongst friends there, and can get a taste of professional corruption. I suspect that he might be one of the more honest people there....

Feb 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

Phillip is right.

The Lords used to work very well. They saw themselves as the guardians but were not averse to being leading at times (the homosexuality bill of the 60s being an example).

They had a general rule of not speaking on a subject unless they knew what they were talking about.
Being generally apolotical they aboit what was best and challenged the government of the day.

A quirk of the herditary system was that since the great families were not breeding as prolifically as they had then some rather ordinary cousins were becoming eligible. These people had had worked for a living and had real life experience to bring to the debates - and again followed the rule of not speaking unless you knew what you were talking about.

So we were about to have an upper house of almost randomly selected "real" people when Blair cut most of them out and stuffed in his placemen.

I would almost suggest that the Lords should be selected at random from anyone who has been awarded an MBE or OBE or similar to serve a 10 year term (long enough to learn a subject of choice and become an expert).

It used to have people of varying intelligence and experince but at least they had a sense of duty. It has now become a dumping ground for party hacks.

Feb 3, 2014 at 8:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterNic L (not the clever one)

Hit "post" instead of "preview" - dreadful typos, makes me look illiterate. Sorry

Feb 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterNic L (not the clever one)

...I would almost suggest that the Lords should be selected at random from anyone who has been awarded an MBE or OBE or similar to serve a 10 year term (long enough to learn a subject of choice and become an expert)...

And perhaps those people awarded such medals for great deeds might have children with similar genetic make-up and hence bravery or intelligence, who would be worth considering for appointment when their parent finally passed on....

Oh, wait....

Feb 3, 2014 at 9:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

Forget the gong wearers, make it totally random. You "win" you have to serve a term, paid at a reasonable rate. As long as the house is large enough, should be representative.

I read a novel some time ago which had as a subplot an exploration of various alternative systems of democracy including the randomly chosen unwilling politicians one. Might have been Tom Holt's "Olympiad. Although humorous it did suggest some intriguing possibilities outwith the conventional.

Feb 3, 2014 at 10:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterNW

"My guess is that Cameron will elevate him to the House of Lords"

... elevate him from a lamp post might be better.

The likelyhood of Yoe getting a seat in the lords rather illustrates how debased the 2nd chamber has become (as Philip points out above).

Feb 3, 2014 at 10:48 PM | Unregistered Commentergareth

Cameron knows giving a 'shoulder-up' to Yeo to the upper House would increase the Ukip vote and give Ed a boost for the next election.
If he doesn't then come on Lib 'n Lab, you're clearly a better choice than voting Tory!

Feb 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoyFOMR

The recent deselections of Conservative candidates, including today Tim Yeo, have demonstrated the misunderstanding and isolation between the central Conservative elite and the local party membership.

Cameron, Gove, and Osborne, very publicly gave their support to Yeo, putting them at loggerheads with the the local association during the period of the vote. They have thus not shown any consideration towards an association which put and kept Tim Yeo in power for thirty years, even loyally supporting him through some very embarrassing revelations about extra-marital affairs. Such is the state of the automatic assumption of rights that the Conservative elite hold, I doubt that there will be any contrition shown by Cameron. He completely and unnecessarily ramped up the stakes by stepping into an affair where he was clearly not wanted.

We are left with the question of who is to be the next South Suffolk Conservative candidate? Will they be allowed to choose their own appropriate candidate, or have to take a parachuted-in PR-approved slick-haired candidate from Cameron's A-list, or even Boris Johnson, who is looking for somewhere to hang his hat? At least whoever it is will be unlikely to have the same predilection for profiting from climate change and renewables.

One of the factors in South Suffolk which counted against Tim Yeo, was where his allegiances truly lay. In some years he got outside consultancy fees for advising on government climate change policy, amounting to twice his taxpayer funded parliamentary salary.

Some congratulations though, to the local Conservative association for taking this very bold action.against Tim Yeo. Don't let Cameron's metropolitan pals' assumed hegemony over such local constituencies overrule your wishes.

Feb 3, 2014 at 11:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteven Whalley

Test

www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10615704/Flooding-boss-under-pressure-to-visit-Somerset-and-will-he-take-a-first-class-flight.html

Feb 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

Steven Whalley's pertinent comment strengthens the case for Richard North's Harrogate Agenda. We have ceased to live in a democracy but instead are ruled by an oligarchy of similar thinking professional 'politicians' supported by their appointed quangocrats.Do you feel that our Prime Ministers and deputies are just preparing the ground for their next jobs?
Is there no mechanism by which the proletariate can object to a person being appointed to the Lords?
No need for an answer. But Lord Yeo and Lord Huhne would certainly stir up some feelings.

Feb 4, 2014 at 12:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterG. Watkins

Unless, of course, he looks for another seat. I'm sure there are a couple that would be only too happy to offer a home to someone of (what they think is) his calibre. It's not over yet.

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

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I hear the Conservative constituency party in Glasgow Govan are looking for a good candidate..........

Feb 4, 2014 at 12:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnything is possible

Another relic of Thatcher's cynical global warming doom-mongering days is placed in museum. Maybe Yeo will recant in his death bed too to ensure his rich and smart and fully independent-minded constituents will remember him fondly for realising the errors of his ways. The guy turned down two phone calls from Cameron because he wanted to spend more time with his local supporters. Without Yeo, the upper classes he represents would not have landed on the pig's share of the money the climate doomsday hysteria generated.

Feb 4, 2014 at 1:37 AM | Unregistered CommentersHx

And now Zac Goldsmith

Feb 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

Hit "post" instead of "preview" - dreadful typos, makes me look illiterate. Sorry
Feb 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM | Unregistered Commenter Nic L (not the clever one)

Become a registered commenter. Then you can edit a comment up to 14 minutes after posting.

Feb 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM | Registered CommenterMartin A

Per Guido: "82% turnout. Tories not releasing vote breakdown figures"

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterJEM

The BBC said it was close.

Feb 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterStephen Richards

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